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Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ. Passion and Purit Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ. Passion and Purity covers dating issues such as: -how to know which person is the right one to marry -loving passionately while remaining sexually pure -the man's and woman's role in relationships -putting God's desires ahead of personal desires -how far is too far, physically This best-selling book now has a new cover, an updated interior design, and a foreword from popular author Joshua Harris. Quest for Love will be redesigned in a similar manner to help readers identify the books as a pair. While Passion and Purity shares the love story of Elisabeth and Jim, Quest for Love is a compilation of stories on how other men and women discovered love through God's direction. Together, these two remarkable books accentuate our need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait on his timing.


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Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ. Passion and Purit Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ. Passion and Purity covers dating issues such as: -how to know which person is the right one to marry -loving passionately while remaining sexually pure -the man's and woman's role in relationships -putting God's desires ahead of personal desires -how far is too far, physically This best-selling book now has a new cover, an updated interior design, and a foreword from popular author Joshua Harris. Quest for Love will be redesigned in a similar manner to help readers identify the books as a pair. While Passion and Purity shares the love story of Elisabeth and Jim, Quest for Love is a compilation of stories on how other men and women discovered love through God's direction. Together, these two remarkable books accentuate our need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait on his timing.

30 review for Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

  1. 4 out of 5

    zhuangman

    This is my second time reading this. In my first attempt, I think I had zero interest...this time, it's with a spirit of brokenness that opened my heart to what Elisabeth Elliot has to say about love and relationship. Some said that her standards are too high... perhaps that's how purity is; it's either achieved or not at all. What if that just how HIGH God's standard is anyway? What if it is meant to be possible for every single one of us? If you already have in mind what love is all about - th This is my second time reading this. In my first attempt, I think I had zero interest...this time, it's with a spirit of brokenness that opened my heart to what Elisabeth Elliot has to say about love and relationship. Some said that her standards are too high... perhaps that's how purity is; it's either achieved or not at all. What if that just how HIGH God's standard is anyway? What if it is meant to be possible for every single one of us? If you already have in mind what love is all about - there is not point reading it. Read it; because you are truly looking for solid christ-centred principles that'll stand you in good stead, in faith, in life and in love.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    Every young person should read this book. Like, seriously. ❤️

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason Sixsmith

    What a breath of fresh air. In a society plagued with hedonism an earnest Christian can find great difficulty in knowing how to find a spouse. Between this book and Joshua Harris' " I Kissed Dating Goodbye" it became a relief to know that I was not alone in my disapproval for post-modern romance. What a breath of fresh air. In a society plagued with hedonism an earnest Christian can find great difficulty in knowing how to find a spouse. Between this book and Joshua Harris' " I Kissed Dating Goodbye" it became a relief to know that I was not alone in my disapproval for post-modern romance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abigayle Claire

    This is definitely the only book of this sort I've ever read twice, let alone binge-read twice. The personal anecdotes and plethora of diary, song, and Scripture quotations make it that much richer. For me, this book provides a foundation for why I live the way I do and acknowledges that it's hard to do so! The nice thing is, you're not just being preached at. The author understands--she struggled, overcame (but not without things she wished they'd done differently), and now she's sharing her st This is definitely the only book of this sort I've ever read twice, let alone binge-read twice. The personal anecdotes and plethora of diary, song, and Scripture quotations make it that much richer. For me, this book provides a foundation for why I live the way I do and acknowledges that it's hard to do so! The nice thing is, you're not just being preached at. The author understands--she struggled, overcame (but not without things she wished they'd done differently), and now she's sharing her story. Purity is so much more than not having sex before marriage, and passion is not a bad thing. I'll be returning to this one again and again (probably even long into marriage) because of its stark reality and the encouragement to always put God first, whether you're the man or the woman. This book is needed now more than ever. I highly recommend this for boys and girls of appropriate ages alike. I found this book to be most relevant at ages 16+

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    {4.5 stars} First thoughts: "Why haven't I read this book before now?" But then it dawned on me that I needed it NOW...it would not have had the same effect a few years ago. Mid-way thoughts: "Honestly, no one can love like that." But then I realized that it is the pure kind of love and passion God expects of us. Three-fourth thoughts: "Jim, just marry her for goodness sake!" I was really getting impatiant for them to get married, but then I had to ask myself if I'd be willing to allow the Lord to {4.5 stars} First thoughts: "Why haven't I read this book before now?" But then it dawned on me that I needed it NOW...it would not have had the same effect a few years ago. Mid-way thoughts: "Honestly, no one can love like that." But then I realized that it is the pure kind of love and passion God expects of us. Three-fourth thoughts: "Jim, just marry her for goodness sake!" I was really getting impatiant for them to get married, but then I had to ask myself if I'd be willing to allow the Lord to bring patience and rest while waiting as they did. Ending thoughts: "Everyone should follow this principle." Although I didn't agree with every basis of Elisabeth and Jim's relationship, they set a very high example that many couples are not willing to follow. What I loved especially about this book is how she talked about singleness and contentment where God has us. It is easy to believe that marriage will make us "more fulfilled", but in all honesty it is God that should give that fulfillment no matter if we are married or single. This book also made me frustrated with how so many couples are rushed and unwilling to wait. But Elisabeth and Jim's love reveals that you can love each other completely and passionately and still wait. It's possible with God. Note: -I would recommend this book for older teens and up as there are references to the intimate part of marriage, and in a couple of Jim's letters he is very open with these desires. -There were many references (NEB) from another version that was distracting, especially because they weren't marked as another version and I had a hard time figuring out if it was the authors interpretation of the verse or actually another version. That's why I took off a half of star.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nellie Anne

    Good message, but I disagree with details. I think Elliot's overall message is good and true. As a single-but-waiting-on-the-Lord 29-year-old, I agree with the ideas of waiting on His timing and leading. I also disagree with much of what goes on in modern relationships, and think it needs addressing. However, my issues with this book are that, first of all, Jim Elliot was rather pompus in his pursuit of Elisabeth. I hate saying that, since he was a martyr for the cause of Christ. Men are the spi Good message, but I disagree with details. I think Elliot's overall message is good and true. As a single-but-waiting-on-the-Lord 29-year-old, I agree with the ideas of waiting on His timing and leading. I also disagree with much of what goes on in modern relationships, and think it needs addressing. However, my issues with this book are that, first of all, Jim Elliot was rather pompus in his pursuit of Elisabeth. I hate saying that, since he was a martyr for the cause of Christ. Men are the spiritual leaders, and should initiate relationships, but they shouldn't abuse that. I felt Elisabeth was saying that a man has the right to treat a woman however he wants, and she has no right to even question him because he's the almighty man. Men are human too, and need to be held accountable for how they treat women. I was very badly "burned" by a boyfriend I had in college, and I called him to account for his treatment of me. I felt like I'd handled it correctly, and then a friend gave me this book. I felt very judged, as if Elisabeth were taking my x-boyfriend's side without even know us! Now, I also disagree with the feminist approach of women initiation. But I think there's a ballance, and Elisabeth is not at that ballanced point.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I have to say that this is the second most influential and beneficial book I have read (after the Bible). Not only is Mrs. Elliot an extraordinary writer she has the amazing gift of wrapping a story inside of a group of ideas that once discovered seem so natural and plain. While reading this book, I was overwhelmed emotionally. Many times I was crying, at other times celebrating. But ultimately I was taken aback by such a wonderful story of two young people who so relied on the Lord that they wer I have to say that this is the second most influential and beneficial book I have read (after the Bible). Not only is Mrs. Elliot an extraordinary writer she has the amazing gift of wrapping a story inside of a group of ideas that once discovered seem so natural and plain. While reading this book, I was overwhelmed emotionally. Many times I was crying, at other times celebrating. But ultimately I was taken aback by such a wonderful story of two young people who so relied on the Lord that they were willing to put their desires and wants to the side for the glory of God. While reading I realized that what they did in their love life is truly what I want. To glorify God not matter what the personal cost is. It will probably involve heartache and longing, just as theirs did, but I believe the Lord honors it. When the two were finally together I was filled with great joy and saw just as they did that true satisfaction comes in the Lord and on waiting for his timing in our lives. I pray that we do not sell ourselves short for temporal pleasures, but seek the Lord in waiting for a Godly mate and the correct timing to consummate our relationship

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I was between twelve and fourteen when I read this book with my older sister. At the time, I found it to contain far too much passion and not enough purity. Today, all I can remember are stories about them sitting as close as possible together, etc. (before they decided not to do that anymore) and quotes from his letters to her that I found very disturbing at the time. He talked about how much he longed for her physically and that was the only side I could see to their relationship. When they go I was between twelve and fourteen when I read this book with my older sister. At the time, I found it to contain far too much passion and not enough purity. Today, all I can remember are stories about them sitting as close as possible together, etc. (before they decided not to do that anymore) and quotes from his letters to her that I found very disturbing at the time. He talked about how much he longed for her physically and that was the only side I could see to their relationship. When they got married, it was only a relief that they didn't have to control themselves any longer, rather than a joy to see the two united in the service of God. Because of this and other things, I couldn't even understand why Elisabeth wanted to marry Jim at all, or how he ended up being such a man of God. Looking back, I think it is likely that, in my innocence, I was so shocked by the physical side of their relationship, that I missed out on the many gems of truth and purity Elisabeth doubtless had written.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I read this about a year and a half ago. After looking at the subtitle, I was like, "Ummm… is this for me? I don't have a love life, but I guess one day I will so I guess it won't hurt to read it." Since I've never dated and have high standards for myself and my future husband, I thought this book would not convict me, but I was wrong. So much of this book can be applied to every area of life. "Do I love God more than anything and everyone? Would I be willing to give up someone I love for the wi I read this about a year and a half ago. After looking at the subtitle, I was like, "Ummm… is this for me? I don't have a love life, but I guess one day I will so I guess it won't hurt to read it." Since I've never dated and have high standards for myself and my future husband, I thought this book would not convict me, but I was wrong. So much of this book can be applied to every area of life. "Do I love God more than anything and everyone? Would I be willing to give up someone I love for the will of God? Am I willing to be single for the rest of my life knowing that my satisfaction comes from God alone?" These are the questions I feel define that book and challenge me. It's easy to say I love God more than anything and that I'd give up everything/one for Him, but they're just words until you see what that really means.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Shuttlesworth

    Somewhat hard to read, nevertheless interesting. I agree with 100% of everything she says and if everyone took her advice, society would be much much more stable. It seems like the best idea in the world to never tell a girl 'I love you' unless you're next few words are 'Will you marry me?' I think this is what my situation will be like...unless I join a monastery first. The book really makes you realize how valuable chastity is. I saw the Hope Diamond on display the day after I bought this book. Somewhat hard to read, nevertheless interesting. I agree with 100% of everything she says and if everyone took her advice, society would be much much more stable. It seems like the best idea in the world to never tell a girl 'I love you' unless you're next few words are 'Will you marry me?' I think this is what my situation will be like...unless I join a monastery first. The book really makes you realize how valuable chastity is. I saw the Hope Diamond on display the day after I bought this book. It is insured for $250 million dollars and I could not help but think that a girl that is still a virgin when she gets married is worth infinately more than the shiny blue typeII B diamond at the Smithsonian.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Haley Annabelle

    I rarely give books 5 stars but this one was so enjoyable and thought provoking that I feel like I have to! I was so fascinated learning of Elizabeth and Jim Elliots rocky “courtship.” I think it shows that not all relationships look the same and God has His ways of bringing people together. I definitely don’t agree with a lot of the theology in here and there is some practical advice that Elizabeth gives that I wouldn’t follow. But overall this was a very encouraging book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    I may upset a few Elliot fans here, but I actually didn't like Jim at first. It seemed to me as if he led Elisabeth on, and that upset me because I would much rather courtship be initiated by the interested gentleman when both parties are ready to pursue marriage. But the Elliots' commitment to Christ, purity, and the good of the other--though imperfect as all are--is inspiring. I may upset a few Elliot fans here, but I actually didn't like Jim at first. It seemed to me as if he led Elisabeth on, and that upset me because I would much rather courtship be initiated by the interested gentleman when both parties are ready to pursue marriage. But the Elliots' commitment to Christ, purity, and the good of the other--though imperfect as all are--is inspiring.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This is my impression of Elisabeth Elliot. "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?! Eh? Eh?" Well Ees, 1. I'm not a cow, and 2. there is a world (unlike one that you could possibly conceive of) in which human relationships can't be boiled down to crass economic metaphors! This is my impression of Elisabeth Elliot. "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?! Eh? Eh?" Well Ees, 1. I'm not a cow, and 2. there is a world (unlike one that you could possibly conceive of) in which human relationships can't be boiled down to crass economic metaphors!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandrine Cotnoir

    I really enjoyed this book, but I did find certain aspects of it a bit frustrating, mostly the approach Jim Elliot had to dating. It was frustrating to watch how he continuously strung Elizabeth along even though he had no intentions of ever marrying her because he was convinced he was supposed to be single. But then he kisses other women? I think I was confused because many people tout this book to be an inspiring, romantic love story, but I didn't find much about their relationship as somethin I really enjoyed this book, but I did find certain aspects of it a bit frustrating, mostly the approach Jim Elliot had to dating. It was frustrating to watch how he continuously strung Elizabeth along even though he had no intentions of ever marrying her because he was convinced he was supposed to be single. But then he kisses other women? I think I was confused because many people tout this book to be an inspiring, romantic love story, but I didn't find much about their relationship as something I would aspire to, besides their commitment to the Lord and to purity. That being said, I still enjoyed this book. I find Elizabeth's response of humility, patience, forgiveness, and commitment to purity very inspiring. Overall, I liked this book and would still recommend it to friends with the preface to read it for Elizabeth, not so much their relationship.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brice Karickhoff

    Elisabeth Elliot is just the best. Most people would probably think she is outdated now or irrelevant. Hot take: I strongly disagree. Id say this is one of those books that makes Christian boys into Godly men. So if you care about that kind of thing, give it a look.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    It has been awhile since I have read a "purity" book. I was excited to read it after hearing great things from a friend. I had heard of Jim Elliot before and seen the movie End of the Spear, but I didn't know that his wife, Elisabeth Elliot, has left quite a legacy of her own, through writing over twenty-five books! Although Jim died over fifty years ago, he lives on in the writings of Elisabeth. Elisabeth Elliot writes an atypical work compared to other Christian purity literature. Many of today It has been awhile since I have read a "purity" book. I was excited to read it after hearing great things from a friend. I had heard of Jim Elliot before and seen the movie End of the Spear, but I didn't know that his wife, Elisabeth Elliot, has left quite a legacy of her own, through writing over twenty-five books! Although Jim died over fifty years ago, he lives on in the writings of Elisabeth. Elisabeth Elliot writes an atypical work compared to other Christian purity literature. Many of today's works (I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Sex is not the Problem [Lust is], Porn Again Christian, and Every Young Man's Battle) tend to follow the same format as they systematically address various issues of purity while planting seeds of truth through the exposition of Scripture. Although Elliot's book does cover various topic pertaining to purity, they are creatively woven into the five-and-a-half year narrative of the love story between her and Jim. This book is difficult to summarize, but fortunately, Elliot outlines it for us in the preface: 1947--both of us students at Wheaton College, Illinois. He visits our home in New Jersey at Christmas. 1948--Jim confesses his love for me just before I graduate. Summer, I in Oklahoma, he traveling with a gospel team. No correspondence between us. Fall, his decision to begin to write to me when I go to Canada to Bible school. 1949--Jim graduates, goes home to Portland, Oregon. I work in Alberta, then visit his home. 1950--Jim at home, working, studying, preparing for missionary work. I in Florida. We spend two days in Wheaton when my brother Dave is married. 1951--We meet again when Jim comes east to speak in missionary meetings in New York and New Jersey. 1952--February, Jim sails for Ecuador. April, I sail for Ecuador. Spend several months in Quito, living with Ecuadorian families to learn Spanish by "immersion." August, Jim moves to Shandia in the eastern jungle to work with Quichua Indians. September, I move to San Miguel in the western jungle to work with Colorado Indians. 1953--January, me meet in Quito, Jim asks me to marry him. Engagement announced. June, I move to Dos Rios, eastern jungle, to start study of Quichua, fulfilling the condition of his proposal, "I won't marry you till you learn it." Octorber 8, married in Quito. This is not the course that most college romances take. This is obviously not a specific direction that all should follow, but the theme is clearly seen in Elisabeth's writing that both her and Jim waited on God's timing. As a woman, Elisabeth believed that the man should pursue marriage with the woman, so she patiently waited in prayer. During the many stretches of separation, God prepared them both for marriage. So much can be taken out of these 191 pages! Here are a few key take-aways: 1. Guys, be a man. Jim Elliot was a man. Elisabeth paints a wonderful portrait of a young man pursuing a woman. Jim Elliot was secure in his identity in Jesus. He was dependent on God for all direction, no matter the cost. He feasted on God's Word (The Bible) daily. He was not perfect by any means, but he tried to guard his heart and Elisabeth's as best he could. 2. Girls, be a woman. Elisabeth never pursued Jim. It was painful at times, but she found rest in God and grew so much in her long season of singleness. She found security and comfort in Christ. This book definitely reads more into the heart of Elisabeth, and I recommend it to all ladies. Guard your heart. Guard you heart. It's precious, make a man (like a Jim Elliot) fight for the beauty inside you. 3. Guard your heart. This is much harder with the various technologies of today. With Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, texting, e-mail, and whatever is next, constant communication is entirely possible (and easy). Elisabeth really only wrote letters to Jim, with a few phone calls, and they spoke in person. Although all this technology is amazing and useful, it can be very dangerous. Often times unhealthy bonds are built too early in relationships because a couple (or even friends) will text ALL THE TIME. That is not only unnecessary, but dangerous. Please think twice before you dive into a pattern of constant communication via texts, Facebook, etc. It will drain you in every way; I know from experience. Girls, find an "Elizabeth" in your life that you can submit to and learn from. Maybe it's a mom or grandmother. Guys, find a "Jim". Submit, serve, and learn. My prayer is that we may all seek God and follow His sovereign direction. Most of us will marry, so let us guard our hearts, that we may give ourselves fully in marriage, just as Christ has given us His life and we Christians are called to love Christ with our lives.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Rishell

    This book is HORRIFIC. Elliot has the audacity to attribute her own, dangerously flawed views on issues of consent and romance to the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. Among the LESS serious problems with the book, she asserts that men should always be the initiators, that women are naturally and should always be passive, that holding hands and leaning shoulder to shoulder (even during engagement!) was "going too far." Yet, she was perfectly fine with her fiance sending her a female porn-like letter one would This book is HORRIFIC. Elliot has the audacity to attribute her own, dangerously flawed views on issues of consent and romance to the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. Among the LESS serious problems with the book, she asserts that men should always be the initiators, that women are naturally and should always be passive, that holding hands and leaning shoulder to shoulder (even during engagement!) was "going too far." Yet, she was perfectly fine with her fiance sending her a female porn-like letter one would more likely belief came from 50 Shades of Grey than a purportedly conservative Christian book: "Oh, to be able to take you, darling, and do as I have dreamed of doing with those clothes of yours, and really feel the clean flesh of your beautiful long legs against the broadness of my own. Thunder of Deep Heaven! What gasping bliss that would be tonight..... I long to fondle you tonight, Betts, and whisper that I love you ..." Most horribly, Elliot refers to RAPE within marriage as GOOD by praising arranged marriages: "There is not much likelihood that our society will ever consent to arranged marriages. We are stuck with our ill-defined system." Let me be clear: Arranged marriage is NOT, as Elliot would have us believe, a romantic relic of the past. ARRANGED MARRIAGE IS RAPE. ARRANGED MARRIAGE IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. And, for those of you who don't know, arranged marriage is STILL HAPPENING to countless innocents across every race and religion. I pray this book will fall out of popularity, and I pray God's forgiveness for Elliot for propagating these anti-Christ views in Christ's name.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cedar Lea

    I originally picked up this book because I thought it would have something to say on how to deal with sexual temptation. While the overall content of the book turned out differently than I expected, I found that I still learned a lot from Elisabeth Elliot's story on how to live the Christian life. Pros - The book was very inspiring on living a life completely devoted to God. I admired how Jim and Elisabeth placed their desire to fulfill the mission of the church above everything else - it's what I originally picked up this book because I thought it would have something to say on how to deal with sexual temptation. While the overall content of the book turned out differently than I expected, I found that I still learned a lot from Elisabeth Elliot's story on how to live the Christian life. Pros - The book was very inspiring on living a life completely devoted to God. I admired how Jim and Elisabeth placed their desire to fulfill the mission of the church above everything else - it's what directed their relationship. I had moments where I felt like I was squirming at my own shallowness in my faith. Overall, this book has a lot you can glean about how to live the Christian life. - I appreciated a lot of her direct, no-nonsense relationship advice. Advice about relationships where women initiate, how to handle loneliness and how to have purity in relationships. Cons - I disagreed with some of the ways that Jim chose to do their courtship. In the book, Elliot talks about how unless a man asks a woman to marry him, she should not see herself as belonging exclusively to him. However, they were basically courting each other without ever having defined that this is what they were doing. I think this probably made their courtship much more difficult than it needed to be. She also talks a lot about loneliness, and the letters they wrote to each other describing their loneliness. Maybe they would have been less lonely if they had kept these feelings to themselves. - The part that shocked me the most was the letters that Jim wrote her after they were engaged talking about how much he was looking forward to the wedding night, and what things he was looking forward to. To me, that seemed like it was stirring up passions and feelings in them that they had spent their whole courtship trying to be pure about. Maybe she included some of these stories so that the readers could learn from their example about what not to do. - Sometimes I found the writing style a little hard to read, and to be honest, I ended up skimming some of Jim's letters. I'm not a poetic person though, so I had a hard time getting into them. - As someone not in a relationship, it was hard to relate to some of the advice she gave, but that could be different for someone in a relationship.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josh Miller

    Several years ago, a respected friend in the pastorate (my youth pastor when I was a teen), recommended this book to me and told me it was the best book he had read on the love/dating/marriage relationship. I tucked that tidbit of knowledge in the cranium and jumped at the opportunity to read this book when it came my way. I personally am not familiar with this level of Christianity when it comes to man/woman relationships. She writes of the path/journey with which she & Jim Elliot came to be mar Several years ago, a respected friend in the pastorate (my youth pastor when I was a teen), recommended this book to me and told me it was the best book he had read on the love/dating/marriage relationship. I tucked that tidbit of knowledge in the cranium and jumped at the opportunity to read this book when it came my way. I personally am not familiar with this level of Christianity when it comes to man/woman relationships. She writes of the path/journey with which she & Jim Elliot came to be married. Mrs. Elliot shares her journaling, her diary entries, her longings, her passions, and all of the struggles associated with giving oneself wholly to God and yet keeping oneself wholly pure while in love. Oh to have such a relationship with Christ that this woman and her future husband (Jim Elliot) had! This book challenged me in regards to my relationship with both Jesus Christ and my spouse. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it for anyone seeking a spouse and seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    Passion and Purity was recommended to me when I was attending Christian College right after high school. It's been just over 6 years now since I read it so I don't remember everything about the book but I do remember it being one of the best books I read that first year or Christian College and my very first tattoo was because of a line in the book that said "If your life is broken when given to Jesus it's because pieces can feed a multitude." That has been one of my favorite quotes since I read Passion and Purity was recommended to me when I was attending Christian College right after high school. It's been just over 6 years now since I read it so I don't remember everything about the book but I do remember it being one of the best books I read that first year or Christian College and my very first tattoo was because of a line in the book that said "If your life is broken when given to Jesus it's because pieces can feed a multitude." That has been one of my favorite quotes since I read the book and I'm actually hoping to re-read it again this year!

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Njoroge

    “Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? Unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention? If, when the time has come for a commitment, he is not man enough to ask her to marry him, she should give him no reason to presume that she belongs to him.” Wow! I'm greatly rebuked and encouraged at the same time. God help us walk in purity! “Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? Unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention? If, when the time has come for a commitment, he is not man enough to ask her to marry him, she should give him no reason to presume that she belongs to him.” Wow! I'm greatly rebuked and encouraged at the same time. God help us walk in purity!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mathews

    Come for the insight on consecrating your love life to God, stay for the broad-reaching, soul-sanctifying, often gut-wrenching truths about living a life of holiness and sacrifice for the sake of Christ. Would I recommend the way Jim and Betty dated/courted to anyone on earth? No. But the truths that this book presents can still have massive impact on the way you view your life before Christ and the lot he has chosen for you. Read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This is a great book for singles assuming they are in love. This book is good for counselors to read while dealing with young people that are in love. A big word that they need to learn is 'patience' when questioning their relationship to each other. I recommend this book for teens. This is a great book for singles assuming they are in love. This book is good for counselors to read while dealing with young people that are in love. A big word that they need to learn is 'patience' when questioning their relationship to each other. I recommend this book for teens.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Schuyler

    A kind heart with God-focussed words, Scripture, letters, and quotes that help me focus my heart well. I enjoyed it, and would definitely read it again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tyler

    A wise mentor has been promoting this book for the past five or six years, so I finally decided to take him up on reading this book. At first, I just rolled my eyes at Elisabeth Elliot and her views on relationships, dating, and marriage. She came across as incredible old-fashioned and out of date. But, out of respect for my mentor, I kept pressing through. By the halfway point, I found that Mrs. Elliot was using Scripture, logic, and personal wisdom to make the case for restraint of our natural A wise mentor has been promoting this book for the past five or six years, so I finally decided to take him up on reading this book. At first, I just rolled my eyes at Elisabeth Elliot and her views on relationships, dating, and marriage. She came across as incredible old-fashioned and out of date. But, out of respect for my mentor, I kept pressing through. By the halfway point, I found that Mrs. Elliot was using Scripture, logic, and personal wisdom to make the case for restraint of our natural desires and trusting God, not just in relationships, but in all things. There are numerous great quotes littered throughout the book, but I'll pick two that definitely stood out to me. "Do I want to walk here as in all areas of my life, by faith, or will I take things into my own hands?" "It is natural indeed. However, it's not the only thing God has in mind for us. We are not meant to live merely by what is natural. We need to learn to live by the supernatural. Ordinary fare will not fill the emptiness in our hearts." I would highly recommend this book. Along with the Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller, I think this is one of the most important books you can read if you want a challenging, Biblically-convicting take on the purpose of purity and how to keep passion under control. Read this book, then go after Keller, who offers I think more of a focus on marriage than Elliot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    This book was alot different than I expected, but was good overall. Elliot teaches us principles on waiting on the Lord and trusting in His timing, His promises and His plan from a very "girly" perspective. She shares her own dating/waiting, "already-not-yet" story of her relationship with Jim Elliot. The book is filled with stories, letters and her own personal journals. It's a fast, interesting and intriguing read-- and whoever reads this (well, girls mostly) will grow to really be encouraged This book was alot different than I expected, but was good overall. Elliot teaches us principles on waiting on the Lord and trusting in His timing, His promises and His plan from a very "girly" perspective. She shares her own dating/waiting, "already-not-yet" story of her relationship with Jim Elliot. The book is filled with stories, letters and her own personal journals. It's a fast, interesting and intriguing read-- and whoever reads this (well, girls mostly) will grow to really be encouraged and refreshed by their story. This book reminded me of my God-given, God-ordained role as a "woman" (haha, sounds weird) and how I should embrace the time of my singlehood to grow in an ever-growing devotion to the Lord, a submission to His Lordship, His timing and His plans/purposes for my life-- and how that will ultimately manifest itself in other areas in my life (my future, my marriage, etc.) An encouraging read. All girls should read it! You will get owned. and humbled. but its good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie G

    I read this book in high school and college when I was single, and thought it would be fun to reread it as the "book released in the year I was born" for the SBC. I thought I'd find it interesting to reread what I had highlighted and written in the margins when I was single now that I'm married, but didn't expect to get just a ton out of it since it's written for those who are single. However, the book speaks so much to waiting, trusting God, and letting Him sustain you, that I ended up being rea I read this book in high school and college when I was single, and thought it would be fun to reread it as the "book released in the year I was born" for the SBC. I thought I'd find it interesting to reread what I had highlighted and written in the margins when I was single now that I'm married, but didn't expect to get just a ton out of it since it's written for those who are single. However, the book speaks so much to waiting, trusting God, and letting Him sustain you, that I ended up being really moved by many of the passages that touched me when I was single, but in relation to living with a chronic pain disorder. I ended up getting as much out of the book this time through than I did the first times when I was single! It was the perfect book for me to read at this point in my life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    This book had a deep impact on me when I read it in college. Several friends read it and there was a lot of discussion about it. I think the concept of saving as much as possible of the physical relationship for marriage was good... However, there is something about Elisabeth Elliot that strikes me as very severe. It made me uncomfortable, and this feeling persisted through other books of hers that I read. I would recommend this book as encouragement to a young person who is on track. However, I This book had a deep impact on me when I read it in college. Several friends read it and there was a lot of discussion about it. I think the concept of saving as much as possible of the physical relationship for marriage was good... However, there is something about Elisabeth Elliot that strikes me as very severe. It made me uncomfortable, and this feeling persisted through other books of hers that I read. I would recommend this book as encouragement to a young person who is on track. However, I would not recommend it for a young person who has made significant mistakes in this area as the standard is incredibly high.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Allen

    This is a wonderful, marvelous, fabulous, awesome book! I wish I had read this years ago. It would have saved me a lot of heartache and pain, even in my current relationship. This book teaches you how to be patient in singleness, how to love passionately and still remain pure, and how to conduct yourself in a godly manner. I have so much more respect for my boyfriend now than I did before I read this book. Jim Elliot, Elisabeth's first husband (he was killed in South America, in the mission fiel This is a wonderful, marvelous, fabulous, awesome book! I wish I had read this years ago. It would have saved me a lot of heartache and pain, even in my current relationship. This book teaches you how to be patient in singleness, how to love passionately and still remain pure, and how to conduct yourself in a godly manner. I have so much more respect for my boyfriend now than I did before I read this book. Jim Elliot, Elisabeth's first husband (he was killed in South America, in the mission field) loved her so passionately and yet he strived to do God's will above all else. My Billy is like that and I'm so grateful I read this book because it helped me to see the big picture more clearly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I read it out of politeness. Good gracious, I wish I had just refused. Elisabeth essentially shames an unmarried pregnant woman at one point, recounting how an acquaintance of hers called this woman unmarriageable. She also advises a woman who is with someone that she isn't attracted to to just stay with him anyway, because she is God's gift to him and in the end her happiness doesn't matter, only this guy's happiness is important. Right Elisabeth, This book was recommended to me by a friend, so I read it out of politeness. Good gracious, I wish I had just refused. Elisabeth essentially shames an unmarried pregnant woman at one point, recounting how an acquaintance of hers called this woman unmarriageable. She also advises a woman who is with someone that she isn't attracted to to just stay with him anyway, because she is God's gift to him and in the end her happiness doesn't matter, only this guy's happiness is important. Right Elisabeth, right. This book was terribly old fashioned, rooted in misogyny, and I was SO not impressed.

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